FIH changes match format to four-quarters
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday announced changes to the structure of the game, moving from two 35-minute halves to four 15-minute quarters.
The four-quarter model has been tried and implemented by both the Euro Hockey League and Hockey India League.
"The purpose of the change will improve the flow and intensity of the game and increase the fan experience and opportunity for game presentation and analysis," the FIH said in a statement.
Other changes include the implementation of 40-second time-outs following both penalty corner awards and the scoring of a goal.
Both stoppages ensure that the 60-minute game time is maximized for actual play and not consumed with penalty corner set up or other dead time when the ball is not in play.
Leandro Negre, President of FIH, said in a statement: "The decision today demonstrates our commitment to fan engagement. With the additional breaks, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy more replays and be more engaged with the event, whether in the stadium or watching from a far, while hockey commentators will be allowed more time to provide sport analysis between plays. In addition,coaches and players will see improvement in their performance with the additional opportunities to re-hydrate and re-strategize."
(Posted on 21-03-2014)